Employment Opportunities

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Outdoor Classroom Associate

Applications for this position must be submitted using the AmeriCorps website. Follow this link to the the posting on the AmeriCorps Website: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=61694&fromSearch=true


Reporting to the OC Manager, the OC Associate will serve in a supporting role to accomplish the program’s goals. The OC Associate will engage and empower school leaders who work with youth and value the surrounding outdoor space as an educational resource, to inspire curiosity about natural ecosystems and our interconnectedness.  Through teacher mentoring, curriculum development, resource sharing,  and hands-on learning about food and nature, the OC Associate will  work to engage students and promote systemic thinking and problem solving.


  • Design and implement nature and food based lessons for K-5 students.
  • Collaborate with teachers to develop relevant hands-on curriculum that can be used outside.
  • Guide and mentor eight K-5 unique school communities to organize, develop, and  facilitate OC Committees.
  • Work with OC Committee members to develop a maintenance plan.
  • Publish and distribute a monthly and seasonally-relevant e-Newsletter.
  • Adhere to administrative and recordkeeping guidelines to support accurate program documentation.
  • Support other programming, farming operations and administrative staff members by contributing to and participating in other activities as necessary.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual looking for community engagement experience to be a part of and further develop a proven program.  Specific requirements include:

  • College degree or equal experience preferred.
  • Two years minimum experience working with children of various ages and backgrounds.
  • Knowledge and interest in gardening  and environmental education.
  • Ability to work with diverse individuals and groups on complex community issues.
  • Capacity to work outside in a physically demanding environment.
  • Knowledge and interest in technical assistance, communications and group dynamics.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for CCUA’s mission.


  • Person filling this position will be an Americorps member for 1 year, and benefits will be commensurate with Americorps standards (monthly stipend of $900, healthcare, childcare, and $5300 Education Award at end of service).
    • Begins August 1, 2016. Ends July 31, 2017.  1750 hours over the year (about 32 hours per week with peaks in spring and fall)
    • Time Off: Except for essential duties, CCUA is closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Five days of sick leave which expire at the end of contract. Ten days of vacation time.
    • Food Stipend: Staff are entitled to $300 of #1 quality produce/eggs from the farm per year. #2 quality produce/eggs are free, as made available by the Director of Urban Farming. Food stipend has no cash value and does not rollover.